Category Donna Jones

Sometimes the Best Lessons are Learned at Panera | Donna Jones

I feel my mood shift. Just a few moments ago all was well with my soul. But now…somehow life seems heavier. More negative. Nothing earth shattering has taken place in the last half hour. In fact, I’m sitting at Panera trying to grab a quick bite while I work. But it’s hard. Advertisements

The Key to Successfully Handling Change | Donna Jones

The house is quiet.  It’s a foreign sound. For years—no, decades—my house has been full of laughter, voices, music and the occasional sibling squabble. We affectionately call ourselves “The Loud Family”.  Not one of us is an introvert.  If you know us, you’re nodding your head right now. This summer has been a whirlwind of […]

Do You Live in Confidence or Just Visit? | Donna Jones

I drove through Confidence on my way to speak at a conference last week. The bright green northern California road sign read “Confidence:  Population 50”. Only 50 folks reside in Confidence, though thousands drive through.  The irony of how few people live in Confidence didn’t escape my notice. Just like in life, lots of people visit […]

Why I’m Glad God Didn’t Answer My Prayer | Donna Jones

Sometimes I don’t understand why God responds to my prayers the way He does. I’ve got a feeling I’m not alone. A week before our son’s wedding on Sunday we checked the weather report: High of 106. No joke. 1. 0. 6. Not a great report for what we hoped would be a picturesque outdoor […]

7 Ways to Know if Someone is a True Friend | Donna Jones

Here’s to one of life greatest gifts–girlfriends! Without them we wouldn’t be who we are. Friends–the right kind of friends–make us better, stronger, wiser. They make us laugh. They keep us real. They tell us the truth, even if it’s not what we want to hear. They listen to our woes, even if it’s not […]

The 5 Best Prayers I Ever Prayed for My Kids (No Matter How Old They Get) | Donna Jones

    As a little girl I remember folding my hands, bowing my head and talking to God. I’ve always prayed. But I haven’t always prayed well. Or enough. Sometimes I still don’t. Can you relate? But I do know this: my prayers matter and so do yours. Especially for those we love.

Decision Making without Regrets | Donna Jones

“What should I do?” The plea sounded more like a whine when I asked my dad this question back in college. He didn’t tell me what to do. He wouldn’t.

Why You Should Live Confident, Content and Unafraid | Donna Jones

“Do not be discouraged.” Easier said than done, right? Especially when someone squashes your dream. Or questions your ability. Or criticizes your work. Or has more success than you do. Or when failure knocks you right up the side of the head. It doesn’t take much to make us feel the sting of discouragement. A […]

3 Reasons You Have Stinkin’ Thinkin’ and Why You Should Trash it Now | Donna Jones

I sensed something was wrong. Let me rephrase that. I smelled something wrong. Very wrong, if you know what I mean.

How to Know if I’m Doing the Right Thing | Donna Jones

It all started with two blue pills. No, not that kind.

Why God Doesn’t (Necessarily) Want You to Pursue Your Dreams | Donna Jones

It’s everywhere: the notion that you can and should pursue your dreams. In fact, you likely feel like a failure if you aren’t pursuing your dream, or you battle discouragement if you’ve pursued a dream that hasn’t been fulfilled. Maybe you find yourself on the other end of the spectrum: feeling like a loser because […]

The Remedy for the Daily Dose of Discouragement | Donna Jones

“Do not be discouraged.” Easier said than done, right? Especially when someone squashes your dream. Or questions your ability. Or criticizes your work. Or has more success than you do. Or when failure knocks you right up the side of the head. It doesn’t take much to make us feel the sting of discouragement. A […]

The Prayer that Just Might Change Things (and you) | Donna Jones

She moved on Friday. All her worldly belongings arrived two days prior so JP, Kylie and I could get her possessions unpacked and ready for her arrival. We hung her clothes, put away kitchen necessities and waded through old family pictures. “This stuff smells like Grandma” Kylie laughed. JP’s mom left all things familiar—her home, […]

Figuring Out God’s Will One Step at a Time | Donna Jones

She was a shy teenager, a little awkward as she faced the crowd. That is until you looked at her face. Her face positively glowed. She bravely stood before hundreds of her peers and told about how, knees knocking, she shared the love of Jesus with a friend. How her words of God’s love came […]

Overwhelmed No More! … by Donna Jones

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Not what do you think you should do, but what do you actually do? Last week was Spring Break in our area so we took the week off to rest, relax and play. Over the weekend I spoke at a conference. Last week’s rest and the weekend’s […]